Baltimore County website offers tips for Earth Month
Wednesday, 10 April 2013 12:01

Site offers tips and resources for residents

by Nicole Rodman

    As the weather turns warm and spring truly sets in, many begin to turn their sights to the great outdoors.
    As part of this renewed focus on the outside environment, Earth Day is celebrated each year on April 22.
    First established in 1970, Earth Day is now celebrated by more than 1 billion people worldwide.
    The purpose of the event is to encourage people of all ages and walks of life to focus on the importance of taking care of the environment.
    This year, Baltimore County is celebrating Earth Day all month long with a new Earth Month website at www.
baltimorecountymd.gov/Earthday.
    On the website, created by the Baltimore County Department of Environmental Protection and Sustainability, county residents can find a variety of resources and tips on conserving energy, using renewable energy and cleaning up their communities.
    According to Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz, by celebrating Earth Month, citizens can improve the environment and even their budget.
    “Earth Month is a great time to stop and think about the easy changes we can make to reduce our impact on the environment,” Kamenetz explained in a press release.    
    He added, “Many of these changes can actually reduce costs, for example by cutting energy bills; and make our lives a little easier like switching to grasscycling rather than bagging lawn trimmings.”
    On the website, county residents can get information on cleanups and other Earth Month events across the county.
   

Citizens needing to dispose of hazardous materials can learn more about the county’s Spring 2013 Household Hazardous Waste Collection Event, to be held on Sunday, April 14, at the Baltimore County Reource Recovery Facility on Warren Road in Cockeysville.
    During the event, which will run from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., residents can safely dispose of waste such as household chemicals, paint, medicines, batteries, computers and more.
    Visitors to the site can also learn more about ordering reduced cost trees for residential properties during the Baltimore County Big Trees Sale.
    The site provides information on the types of trees available and the benefits of planting big trees on residential properties.
    Those interested in keeping up with local environmental news can sign up for the Department of Environmental Protection and Sustainability e-news letter and receive information on local watershed associations.
    There is also a spot on the website to report pollution and other environmental concerns.   
    For tips on how to save energy and convert to renewable energy, the county site includes information on conducting a “do-it-yourself energy audit” of your home.
    Tips include changing furnace filters, maintaining heating and air conditioning systems and keeping heat and cool air in with weather-stripping and insulation.
    Residents can even view a list of green power products available for purchase in the state of Maryland.
    Also available to county residents is the BCrecycles site at www.
BCrecycles.com.
    The site, which recently won the Web Marketing Association’s Outstanding Website award, provides information on monthly residential recycling rates  and information on how to recycle. 
    For more information on Earth Month across Baltimore County, visit www.baltimorecountymd.gov/Earthday.